Steven H. Aden, Americans United for Life’s Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, recently spoke with a Roll Call reporter and expressed one of our biggest goals in the near future—namely, ensuring our lawmakers protect unborn children at the five-month mark and beyond.
The challenge in clearing anti-abortion legislation lies in the slim Republican majority in the Senate. A measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks with some exceptions could easily pass the House. But with only 51 Republican senators, well short of the 60 necessary to stop a filibuster, enacting anti-abortion laws is an uphill climb.
Nonetheless, the groups are pushing for a Senate vote on the 20-week ban later this month, around the 45th anniversary on Jan. 22 of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
“Our No. 1 congressional priority in 2018 is to get a Senate vote on the 20-week bill. That is imperative,” said Steve Aden, chief legal officer and general counsel with Americans United for Life.